Pittsburgh a Finalist to Host 2018 IIHF WJC — Erie Insurance Arena would be Secondary Location

Colorado Springs, CO – USA Hockey announced it has narrowed the candidate cities vying to host the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship to Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Officials from USA Hockey will visit each of the three finalist cities over the next month and a final decision on the host for the event is expected by the end of the year.

“We look forward to this next step in our selection process,” said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey. “It was extremely difficult to get down to three. All five of the cities we were considering made a compelling case.”

In late July, USA Hockey announced Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa as five finalists to host the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The IIHF World Junior Championship is an annual event that features 10 nations and the future stars of the NHL. It is conducted in late December/early January each year and includes the best male players in the world under the age of 20. All total, 31 games are played in the championship over a two-and-a-half week stretch with worldwide television coverage, including the NHL Network in the United States.

The IIHF World Junior Championship has been officially staged by the IIHF since 1977. USA Hockey has served as the host federation for the event on five occasions, including 1982 (Minneapolis/St. Paul), 1989 (Anchorage, Alaska), 1996 (Boston, Massachusetts), 2005 (Grand Forks, North Dakota/Thief River Falls, Minnesota) and 2011 (Buffalo, New York).

If Pittsburgh is chosen to host the IIHF 2018 World Junior Championship, the Erie Insurance Arena will host five teams as the secondary playing location.

All media requests for this event will be handled by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NOTES: The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will be staged in Helsinki, Finland, while the 2017 event will take place in Toronto and Montreal … USA Hockey will host the 2016 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship April 14-24 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.


Tickets Going on Sale for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

(Erie, PA) BROADWAY IN ERIE is delighted to announce that the national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, will play the Warner Theatre for one performance only, Thursday, October 22.   Performance time is 7:30pm.

Tickets go on sale this Sunday, 20 September online at BroadwayInErie.com.   Tickets will be available in person at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office and by phone at 814.452.4857 beginning 10AM on Monday, 21 September.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer raved: “This new production of Joseph is an exuberant success that stays true to all of the original’s joyfulness, humor and fantastic songs while subtly updating it for a 2014 audience.”

One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC, the tour features Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt, Costume Design by Jennifer Caprio, Lighting Design by Howell Binkley, Sound Design by John Shivers and David Patridge, Projection & Video Design by Daniel Brodie, and Music Supervision by David Kreppel.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT opens the 2015-2016 BROADWAY IN ERIE season.   In addition to JOSEPH, the 2015-2016 season includes THE PRODUCERS (November 11), CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE (December 14 & 15), 42ND STREET (February 11) and ANNIE (March 8).   Season Tickets are available at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office or by calling the Box Office at 814.452.4857.

A Day in the Life: Bayfront Convention Center Senior Event Coordinator

From the desk of Martha Stickner | Senior Event Coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center

Every day is consistently busy. Whether I am working with clients on an event that is in house, updating events that are within the week, month or year.  I am also responsible for the booking process of weddings. Although this wedding season is winding down, I’m already busy booking weddings for next year! My schedule on a daily basis is always changing, but as you’ll see my duties below, there’s never a dull moment:

*Book new weddings which requires several meetings with the bride & groom (and often times family members.) Lots of communication throughout the year via emails and phone calls. Conduct a tasting meeting to finalize menu and décor. Assist with the ceremony when hosted on site. Schedule a rehearsal and day of organization.

*Execute weddings, conferences, meetings and trade shows — that means I make sure all the details are communicated clearly and trouble shoot if last minute requests are made.

*Gather and update details in our operating system CRM – keep track of daily activities by entering them into the system.

*Communicate updates and details to the building staff and client daily. Sometimes changes are made up to the last hour and it’s my job to have direct contact with everyone.

*Attend meetings for upcoming and new events with clients. Review the details, walk through changes and update the information, give tours of the building in hopes to book new events.

*Attend a weekly staff and event order meeting.

*Follow up at the conclusion of each event.

*Finalize billing and make updates so that the system matches final dollar amounts.

*Often times acting MOD – Manager On Duty for evening and weekend events to ensure that the event runs smoothly and that everyone leaves our building satisfied.

I hope to work with you sometime in the future at our amazing facility which can manage events anywhere from ten people to hundreds of people!

TSO Kicks off Tour at Erie Insurance Arena

Erie, PA – September 11, 2015 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates of its 2015 Winter Tour, once again featuring one of the group’s beloved stories performed in its own renowned audio visual manner. This year’s enchanted Yuletide tale is “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which TSO will take to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows.

STAR 104, ROCKET 101, JET 24 and Live Nation are proud to welcome TSO when they return to Erie to kick off their 2015 world tour! Erie Insurance Arena will host two spectacular shows on Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00pm and 8:00pm.  Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, September 18, 10am with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish (www.wish.org) and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania (www.eriefoodbank.org).

TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket bought online will come with a digital copy of the groups highly-anticipated upcoming studio album, Letters From The Labyrinth (Lava Records/Republic Records). Letters From The Labyrnith, which is set to be released November 13, 2015 is TSO’s first full-length album since 2009’s Night Castle, and fans who purchase tickets to the 2015 Winter Tour will be among the first to hear it. Visit www.trans-siberian.com for more details.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long-running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” features the best of TSO such as “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.”

TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill says, “‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ brings me back to TSO’s beginnings. We recorded this TV show before TSO had ever toured and it was almost like our first show. It was filmed in a majestic old theatre in Jersey City and we got to work with the legendary Ossie Davis, Jewel and Michael Crawford. There was a magic we captured and I think that’s why it was so successful as a fundraiser for PBS. The special features some of the best songs from our catalog at the time. We want to keep the spirit of the story alive and weave it together to encompass the best of the Christmas Trilogy that fans of all three stories can enjoy. The band always gets excited when they get to do something new and now that we are finished up with Letters From The Labyrinth, there is going to be lots of new music and twists for our fans on this tour.”

This year’s tour follows the massive success of The 2014 Winter Tour, which grossed more than $51 million in just 52 days and played to nearly 1,000,000 fans. In total, TSO has played in excess of 1,600 shows for more than 11 million fans, cementing itself as one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for attendance and grosses according to Pollstar, the touring industry trade publication, and was named among the “Top Touring Artists of the Decade” by Billboard (in 2009). This ongoing success is due to Paul O’Neill’s vision. O’Neill has melded the sound and fury of rock with the storytelling of Broadway to create a unique amalgamation he calls “rock theater” that leaves crowds of all ages speechless. With new fans being introduced to the wonder presented on stage every year and TSO constantly striving to provide a new experience, audiences can be assured the best is yet to come in 2015.


A Day in the Life: Operations Manager of Erie Insurance Arena

The Otter’s training camp is underway! This means the event season will start soon and games will be played.

Before any skating can happen, the ice needs to be made, and that’s what the arena staff worked on last week in preparation for the (hopefully) long season to come.

Monday: Arena staff picks basketball floor up (the floor was re-finished on August 18th), glass around rink is installed, ice floor is cleaned

Tuesday: The floor is cleaned again, the last pieces of glass are installed, final check of supplies for making the ice

Wednesday: For the final time the floor is cleaned, any contamination may negatively impact the ice for the entire season, it’s better to clean it many times to make sure the surface is as clean as possible. The chiller system is also started to start lowering the temperature of the concrete so we can make ice on Thursday.

Thursday: The day for ice building has come! As the floor temperature is moving towards about 10° F, the crew is sealing where the dashers meet the concrete. We do this with drywall tape and a backpack sprayer. This way when it’s time to take the ice out, the water doesn’t run out along the floor and into our storage areas keeping everything safe and dry. After the dasher system is sealed and the floor temperature is low enough, we start laying water down with a 10’ spray head. We lay in three trips aroud the ice about 1/32” of ice. We then do three more trips with the spray nozzle, except we use white paint specially formulated to withstand the temperature demands of the ice. After the ice is painted white, we lay three more coats of water down. Once we have those nine layers of water down, the crew starts the process of putting the lines in place for the season. A string is run from dasher to dasher and a crepe paper like material is laid on the ice and then a gentle mist of water from a back pack sprayer is applied to freeze the lines in place. We also lay out the logos that will be in the ice and start applying water to them the same way we did for the lines.

Once all of this is done we bring the large spray nozzle back out and start laying water down a little at a time until we get to at least 1/2”, if not more. Once we hit that depth, we can safely bring the Zamboni out and put water on the ice to get it to a depth of about 1 ¼”- 1 ½”.


Ice-making facts:

  • The cooling system uses approximately 12 miles of piping embedded within the concrete floor to maintain the ice surface.
  • A reverse osmosis system is utilized to remove any impurities from the water that is used to make the ice
  • It takes approximately 12,730 gallons of water to make 1” of ice

To watch the crew make the ice, go to our Facebook page and watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erie-Events/128482433829533?sk=videos